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On a recent plane flight I watched as a couple sitting in front of me debated which film to watch on their iPad. All the usual new releases were there with a couple of older titles. The couple was in their 40s or 50s so nothing too surprising, though I was a little shocked to see Paul Thomas Anderon's Hard Eight (aka Sidney). I saw the poster art and had to do a double take. It was rather cool to see what I consider to be a rather obscure title, especially when it comes to owning a digital copy, on someone's device. They ultimately decided to watch American Hustle... so it goes. However, that's just a small bit of nothing to help introduce the following Anderson commentary from Hard Eight where he talks of first seeing Philip Seymour Hoffman in Scent of a Woman and ultimately casting him as "Young Craps Player" in Hard Eight, »
- Brad Brevet
Magnolia is considering a release later this year on the story of an adolescent girl who must come to terms with her enigmatic mother’s disappearance.
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Currently reeling from the success of her teen-targeted sci-fi flick "Divergent," Golden Globe-nominated actress Shailene Woodley can now take pleasure in the fact that Gregg Araki's "White Bird in a Blizzard," the indie film in which she starred and that recently premiere at Sundance, has now just been acquired by Magnolia Pictures for all North American rights."White Bird in a Blizzard" features Woodley as Kat Connor, an emotionally and sexually repressed teenager in 1988 whose mother mysteriously disappears just as Kat heads for college. The cast includes a slew of notable talent as Christopher Meloni, Shiloh Fernandez, Gabourey Sidibe, Thomas Jane, Angela Bassett and Eva Green as Woodley's troubled mother."We are longtime admirers of the singular Gregg Araki, who brings his unique vision to this funny, sexy and haunting film," said Magnolia President Eamonn Bowles. "Shailene Woodley truly shines with a bold and fearless performance that showcases the depth. »
- Ziyad Saadi
Magnolia Pictures has closed a deal to acquire North American rights to the drama White Bird in a Blizzard. THR first reported that the distributor was in negotiations to pick up the Shailene Woodley starrer that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January. Photos: Exclusive Portraits of Shailene Woodley Written and directed by Gregg Araki (Kaboom, Mysterious Skin), the film also stars Eva Green, Christopher Meloni, Shiloh Fernandez, Gabourey Sidibe, Thomas Jane and Angela Bassett. The film was adapted from the novel by Laura Kasischke. Magnolia is eyeing a release for later this year. Pascal Caucheteux and Sebastien K. Lemercier produced alongside Alix Madigan-
- Tatiana Siegel
The film was produced by Pascal Caucheteux, Sebastien K. Lemercier, Alix Madigan-Yorkin, Pavlina Hatoupis and Gregg Araki. Why Not Productions, Desperate Pictures, Orange Studio and Wild Bunch are the production companies on board.
Woodley stars as a college-bound teenager who is just discovering her sexuality when her mother (Green) disappears — an event that barely registers with Woodley’s character. But as time passes, she begins to come to grips with how deeply the disappearance has affected her life.
“White Bird” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in late January. Variety‘s Peter »
- Dave McNary
Magnolia Pictures announced today it has acquired North American rights to White Bird in a Blizzard, a suspenseful drama from writer/director Gregg Araki and starring Shailene Woodley, who is coming off her hit film Divergent, which has grossed $116.6 million to date. Based on the novel by Laura Kasischke, the story is set in 1988 and revolves around a college-bound teenager whose life is deeply affected by the disappearance of her mother, played by Eva Green. The ensemble cast also includes Christopher Meloni, Shiloh Fernandez, Gabourey Sidibe, Thomas Jane and Angela Bassett. The film was produced by Pascal Caucheteux, Sebastien K. Lemercier, Alix Madigan-Yorkin, Pavlina Hatoupis and Gregg Araki (Kaboom). White Bird In a Blizzard is a Why Not Productions / Desperate Pictures / Orange Studio / Wild Bunch co-production. “We are longtime admirers of the singular Gregg Araki, who brings his unique vision to this funny, sexy and haunting film,” said Magnolia President Eamonn Bowles. »
Aimee Mann, the Oscar-nominated songstress of "Save Me" from the "Magnolia" soundtrack, brings a specific and cutting humor to everything she does. She's both sarcastic and damning, deadpan and sensitive. And her videos -- which have featured the likes of Jon Hamm, Laura Linney, Morgan Murphy, and now her newest duet partner Ted Leo -- are hilarious in their droll weirdness. It's a wacky but understated humor comparable to the IFC series "Portlandia," which actually once featured Mann in a hysterical cameo role. The 'Til Tuesday vet has always been a fan of comedians; she's had acts like Patton Oswalt and Paul F. Tompkins join her in concert, and she often features funny folks in her music videos. In "Aimee Mann's Christmas Carol," she ran into John Krasinski, Michael Cera, and John C. Reilly. Mann's newest video "Milwaukee," the first single off the new album she and Ted Leo »
- Louis Virtel
Metrodome has finalised deals on five films for distribution in UK and Ireland, including a deal with K5 for Simon Helberg’s directorial debut We’ll Never Have Paris.
The film follows a neurotic young man rattled by a sudden declaration of love from an attractive co-worker moments before he is about to propose to his girlfriend.
Helberg comented on the deal: “After over 200 years of slightly underwhelming independence, I am proud »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
On March 31, 1999, Andy and Lana (née Larry) Wachowski's "The Matrix" hit theaters. That's 15 years ago today, and it was a pretty significant event. I think anyone who has read me for any period of time knows my affinity for and fascination with 1999 as an overall annus mirabilis at the multiplex. I've gone so far as to start the process of reporting a book because I can never quite shake how that year just seems to mean something. On one hand, it's personal. It was my first year of film school and going to a double feature of "American Beauty" and "Three Kings" with some fellow classmates one night, that kind of power punch will do a lot to galvanize someone in the early stages of embarking on a career in film. But it was an objectively amazing time. First and foremost, let's pause and consider that for a brief period, »
- Kristopher Tapley
Sugar Mountain is a dark comedy-thriller about love, greed, family and a hoax that goes terribly wrong.
The Labor Day star's past as a Hollywood brat featured more than his share of drugs, booze and tattoos. How much did he draw on his own history in his portrayal of fugitive killer Frank?
Labor Day spins the story of Frank, an escaped convict who gatecrashes suburbia and proceeds to cook a peach cobbler to die for. "Let's put a roof on this house," says Frank, up to his muscled forearms in flour, as he prepares to add the pastry to the filling. Labor Day, it should be noted, is not a film to skimp on its metaphors. The peach cobbler represents the tumbledown family home, sad and broken and in need of repair. No doubt it also represents Frank, whose crusty exterior contains a warm, gooey centre. Perhaps it even says something about the actor who plays him too.
If you're looking for the classic outsider on the inside, »
- Xan Brooks
Cock. Puss. Ass.
“Bad Words” premiered at the SXSW (South-by-Southwest) event in Austin this week and these limited posters are being handed out at the festival.
Jason Bateman stars and makes his directorial debut in this film. It also stars Allison Janney (“The West Wing”), Philip Baker Hall (“Magnolia”), Ben Falcone (“Bridesmaids”) and Rohan Chand (“Homefront”).
The film is about Guy Trilby, a grown adult using a loophole in the rules to win the Golden Quill National Spelling Bee from young children.
So what’s about the posters? Well, these characters aren’t in the movie and didn’t make the final cut. But, the animals perfectly describe the main character as cock, puss and ass.
Check out the posters below.
Source: Focus Features
The post SXSW: ‘Bad Words’ Posters appeared first on Latino-Review.com. »
- Gig Patta
Oscar-winning actor who died in February remembered by film industry at Academy Awards ceremony
• Xan Brooks liveblogs the ceremony
• Full list of winners as they're announced
The Oscars paid tribute to Philip Seymour Hoffman, the Oscar-winning actor who died last year – devoting part of its traditional In Memoriam section to the actor whose death at the age of 46 shocked the film world.
Hoffman won the best actor award for his performance as Truman Capote in the 2005 biopic of the celebrated writer, and had three best supporting actor nominations for Charlie Wilson's War, Doubt and The Master. He was one of the most widely praised actors of his generation, creating startling performances for some of America's most acclaimed directors, including Todd Solondz (Happiness), Paul Thomas Anderson (Boogie Nights, Magnolia, The Master) and the Coen brothers (The Big Lebowski). He also shone in Anthony Minghella's The Talented Mr Ripley and George Clooney »
- Andrew Pulver
In this directorial debut from E.L. Katz, Healy plays a freshly fired family man named Craig who, together with an old acquaintance portrayed by Ethan Embry, is convinced to undertake ever crazier challenges for money by a rich couple (David Koechner and Sara Paxton). We don’t want to say too much more but we can confirm that Healy’s character undergoes all manner of mental and physical trials, including getting a »
- Clark Collis
In 2014, the week leading up to and including Academy Awards Sunday is packed with events, parties, pampering salons and luxury suites, so much so that Hollywood A-listers, nominees and influencers — who are, naturally, invited to everything — will need scorecards to keep track of it all. The good news about most of the fetes is that they are giving back, with charity elements fully integrated into the extravaganzas. Here’s our take on the stops along the way that make this week in Hollywood so uniquely over the top.
(This story will be updated with more parties and events as details are confirmed.)
Tuesday, Feb. 25
Bulgari ‘Decades Of Glamour’ Oscar Party
Where: Soho House
Who’s expected: Host Naomi Watts and her fabulous friends
Why you don’t want to miss it: Drool over Bulgari’s blingiest jewels and find a statement piece to wear to Sunday’s awards.
Oscar Celebrates: »
- Jenny Peters
When Cameron Crowe was casting Almost Famous, he knew he'd found his Lester Bangs before Philip Seymour Hoffman even entered the picture. "He was a forceful presence with a big heart," the filmmaker tells Rolling Stone as part of our new cover story on the actor, who was found dead February 2nd of an apparent heroin overdose. "Both those things collided magnificently in Lester and in Phil."
What lead you to cast Hoffman as Lester Bangs?
Writing the part of Lester »
Today’s film is the 1995 short The Fifteen Minute Hamlet. The film is directed by Todd Louiso, who also co-wrote the screenplay with Michael Goldberg and Ethan Tucker, adapting it from the Tom Stoppard play, and stars Austin Pendleton, Paul Ben-Victor, and Philip Seymour Hoffman. After an illustrious career that included performances in films such as The Master, Synecdoche, New York, Capote, Almost Famous, and Magnolia, Hoffman was found dead last weekend. Sound on Sight’s weekend spotlight is on the performer, and the articles can be found here.
- Deepayan Sengupta
I still remember the first time I saw Philip Seymour Hoffman. It was in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Magnolia, and I was 13 years old. Already, I’d been bitten by the film bug, and that bite had driven me to pursue films that my friends had no interest in seeing. As such, I wouldn’t come to see Magnolia until it had been released on VHS. I recall the captivating presence of the actor: this pudgy, baritone man. The heart he put into his role, and the fascinating sincerity with which he played a simple male nurse attending a dying man. I never forgot him.
While much has been made of Mr. Hoffman’s more lauded roles in the wake of his recent death, his turns as Truman Capote (Capote) or Lancaster Dodd (The Master), for example, it’s easy to forget that this is a man who has been »
- Mike Worby
What more can be said about Philip Seymour Hoffman, especially in the wake of his terribly tragic, premature death? He was perhaps the finest actor of his generation, he was deeply loved in his community, and he was a partner and father. At only 46, his death was deeply felt by so many people. The subtle and even more tragic irony is that his work frequently had the same effect.
In the days after his death, it seemed everyone was choosing their favorite performance or scene of his. There’s the combative rock journalist in Almost Famous, or the slimy personal assistant in The Big Lebowski, the megalomaniac complex and manipulative leader in The Master, but the characters that so frequently stand out are the ones he portrayed while working with Paul Thomas Anderson. They were just one of those great director-actor teams; Anderson seemed to so deeply understand who Hoffman »
On Sunday, February 8th, 2014, Philip Seymour Hoffman died at the untimely age of 46 in his New York City apartment. It was a piece of news that carried a variance in reaction and response, due to circumstance and of course timing. There can be no doubting that the primary emotion was shock; Hoffman joined the likes of Heath Ledger, River Phoenix, and James Dean as part of a club of actors who passed on before their time and left behind a towering legacy as well as a pall of resonant sadness. An actor leaving us is the most strange of phenomenon. As participants of travails into escapism, they form an emotional and cathartic bond with us, touching ours souls, making their demise far more powerful, far more sorely felt, than anyone else save friends or family. Through their on-screen journeys and the connections they make with the film fan, they truly become friends or family. »
- Scott Patterson
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